18 Sep 2012

Maoridom may oppose forced merge of kura

7:23 am on 18 September 2012

Maoridom called on to oppose kura kaupapa merger

The whole of Maoridom is to be called upon to stop the merger of two Christchurch kura kaupapa.

Te Whanau Tahi and Whakapumau i Te Reo Tuturu o Waitaha and many other mainstream schools are in line to be amalgamated or closed, as part of big plan to reorganise the city's education system following recent earthquakes.

The Labour MP for the Southern Maori electorate of Te Tai Tonga, Rino Tirikatene, has joined the fight to stop the two merger of the two Maori immersion schools.

He says opposition to the proposals will begin with him lobbying the Minister of Education and then reach out to the whole of Maoridom.

Mr Tirikatene is seeking support from the networks of kura kaupapa, kohanga reo, whanau hapu-iwi, and their own relations in the South Island.

He says students' whanau are in shock because the schools are not damaged and pupil numbers have not dropped significantly since the quakes.